Burglar strangled woman in her home
Attack in bedroom left victim unconscious
A burglar who strangled a woman into unconsciousness to prevent her from raising the alarm after she found him laying on her bed has been jailed for six years.
The attack, which left the victim and her family “absolutely terrified”, took place in the High Street, Bridge, last June.
Finbar Shirley, 24, of Meadow Close in the village, had climbed in through an open window.
He went into the bedroom, removed his shoes and sat down on the bed.
But when his victim went upstairs to use the bathroom in the early hours, she spotted his legs hanging off the end of her bed.
Shirley then strangled her, “without hesitation” until she passed out.
It was only when the victim’s husband came upstairs and saw her lying on the floor that Shirley calmly walked down the stairs and out of the house.
He was arrested on the same day of the attack, Sunday, June 4, after police were called. Shirley told police he liked to see how other people lived.
He appeared on Friday before Canterbury Crown Court where he admitted burglarly and assault charges.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Steve Day said: “This is a particularly disturbing case that left the victim and her family absolutely terrified.
“Shirley had taken an unhealthy interest in the house and then calmly attacked the woman without hesitation when he thought he would get caught.
“Luckily her husband found her in time, otherwise the outcome could have been a lot worse.
“Shirley is clearly a significant risk to the public, and the victim and her family will no doubt suffer the emotional effects of his attack for some time. He’ll now serve time in prison for his behaviour.”
Finbar Shirley climbed through an open window